Colchester Park and Ride


Completed Schemes


Colchester Park and Ride

About Colchester Park and Ride

For timetables, maps and operational information, please visit the webpage at Colchester Park & Ride

Colchester Park & Ride is a key component of the infrastructure identified in the Colchester Local Development Framework (now Local Plan) as being required to deliver the level of growth planned for Colchester.

The Park and Ride (P&R) is the first purpose-built P&R in Colchester and is located to the north of Junction 28 of the A12, directly off the trunk road network.  The scheme comprises a 1,000 space car parking facility, along with bus priority measures along the route and new bus stops at key locations, served by a frequent and direct service.

It offers commuters and visitors the opportunity to park up and enjoy comfortable and convenient transport to destinations and attractions in the historic town centre of Colchester.

The address of the P&R site is:

Cuckoo Farm Way
Off A12 Junction28

Development timeline

A series of public exhibitions on the scheme were held in Colchester during March 2010, providing opportunities for members of the public to comment on the scheme and talk to members of the project team.

The Planning Application for the scheme was submitted in early 2011.

The scheme was granted Planning Permission on 26th August 2011.

Essex County Council has forward-funded the scheme while funding is finalised with the SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership).


A continuous programme of works to complete the Park and Ride facilities and associated bus priority measures in 2014-15 was undertaken, including:

  • Creating access from Junction 28 of the A12
  • Construction of 1000 space car parking facility in a landscaped environment
  • Construction of the terminus building
  • Signalisation of the NAR/A134 junction
  • Improvements to signals at Bruff Close/North Station Roundabout
  • Bus priority measures along the route, in the area of Colchester Station and in key locations
  • Installation of new bus stops, providing access to High Street, St John’s Street, Head Street and Colchester Station
  • Construction of a pedestrian and cycle link to Boxted Road,, enabling access to Boxted Road and the Community Stadium

The terminal building has been designed to include a waiting area and seating, toilets (including disabled and baby change facilities), real-time information and cycle parking facilities.

Further bus priority lanes alongside the existing Northern Approach Road have been granted planning permission, and responsibility for their delivery lies with the developers of the Severalls Hospital site as part of the Section 106 obligations on the site.


Colchester P&R enables efficient and reliable journeys to Colchester station and the town centre via a dedicated bus priority route, and assists in delivering sustainable economic and housing growth for Colchester.

The scheme enables increased numbers of people to access Colchester town centre via the Northern Approach Road (NAR) Rapid Transit Corridor, relieving a current pinch point on the network and facilitating improvements to congestion and air quality locally and across the wider network.


Colchester Park and Ride opened on Monday 13th April 2015.